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The Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m), established in 1960, is an “All-Star” (Grand-Prix) G1 event where top runners of all distances selected through fan votes gather to determine the overall JRA turf champion of the first half of the season whereas the Arima Kinen (G1, 2,500m) is held in the same manner in December. The top 10 horses selected by fans from the list of JRA registered horses (excluding those that are winless or yet to start in a race) that have submitted their declaration to start are eligible to run regardless of earnings. The race opened its door to foreign runners in 1997 when Seto Stayer (AUS, by Bellotto) from Australia became the first challenger from abroad and finished ninth but none ran after that until this year; Hong Kong’s top middle-distance runner Werther (NZ, G7, by Tavistock) will be the first overseas challenger in 21 years and second overall to make his bid for the Takarazuka Kinen title.

Satono Crown (JPN, H6, by Marju) is the defending champion and the highest rated runner among the Japanese field. His first G1 title came in Hong Kong when winning the 2016 Hong Kong Vase (G1, 2,400m). After his victory in the Takarazuka Kinen last year, he continued to excel in the fall, just missing by a neck to two-time Horse of the Year Kitasan Black (JPN, by Black Tide) in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1, 2,000m). However, his hard-fought effort over testing ground in the Tenno Sho affected his following starts in the Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) and the Arima Kinen in which he disappointed to 10th and 13th, respectively. He made his first long-distance travel to Dubai in March this year for the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1, 2,410m) but, disturbed by the horse next to him who was fractious in the gate, the son of Marju (IRE, by Last Tycoon) was unable to show his best in the race. He performs particularly well over 2,200 meters at which he has won not only the 2017 Takarazuka Kinen but also the 2016-17 Kyoto Kinen (G2, 2,200m) and expectations are high for the powerful six-year-old to bounce back to his winning ways in the coming race. He is pre-rated at 122I,L.

Satono Diamond (JPN, H5, by Deep Impact) was the leading vote-getter for this year’s Takarazuka Kinen. A winner of the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) as a three-year-old who went on to claim the Arima Kinen against his seniors in the same year, the son of Deep Impact (JPN, by Sunday Silence) held high expectations in the following year in which he kicked off with another grade-race victory in the Hanshin Daishoten (G2, 3,000m) prior to his overseas endeavor to France in the fall. However, he was unable to perform over the grass in Europe and was fourth in the Prix Foy (G2, 2,400m) and 15th in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1, 2,400m). He was third in his comeback start this season in the Kinko Sho (G2, 2,000m) while demonstrating a good turn of speed at the stretch. He was also unlucky in the Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m) where he was unable to find a clearing from racing inside early and finished seventh. He has a record of three wins (two G2 titles) out of four starts at Hanshin Racecourse where the coming race is to be held. He is pre-rated at 120E.

Vivlos (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact) is internationally recognized for her victory in the 2017 Dubai Turf (G1, 1,800m) – she was runner-up in the same race this year. As a three-year-old, the Deep Impact filly missed the cut in the first two legs of the fillies’ triple crown, the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) and the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 2,400m) but promptly won the third jewel, the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m). The coming race will be her comeback start since the Dubai Turf and while her recovery after the strenuous trip remains a concern, she appears to be handling her training at Ritto Training Center very well towards the Takarazuka Kinen. The extra furlong will be another factor for the five-year-old mare who is mostly raced between 1,800 and 2,000 meters. Her final rating as of the end of last year was 117M.

The standard of this year’s four-year-olds proves to be high with Suave Richard (JPN, C4, by Heart’s Cry) and Mozu Ascot (USA, C4, by Frankel) landing G1 titles earlier this season in the Osaka Hai and Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m), respectively.

Kiseki (JPN, C4, by Rulership), who topped the three-year-olds last year in the Kikuka Sho, is slated to run in the Takarazuka Kinen. While he has not been at his best after his Kikuka Sho triumph, finishing ninth in both the Hong Kong Vase and the Nikkei Sho (G2, 2,500m), he is expected to improve from just 10 career starts since his debut in December of his two-year-old season. He is pre-rated at 118E.

Another emerging four-year-old is Danburite (JPN, C4, by Rulership), a grade-race winner in the American Jockey Club Cup (G2, 2,200m) in January this year. While beaten by Kiseki last season in both the Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,400m, fourth) and the Kikuka Sho (fifth), he proved consistent throughout his three-year-old classic starts, finishing third and sixth in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) and the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m), respectively. Although he ran out of steam at the stretch in his previous start in Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,000m), he is usually known to be extremely tenacious with lasting speed. His final rating last year was 116I and is pre-rated 114L.

Strong Titan (USA, H5, by Regal Ransom) is well worth a look as a possible factor in this race, having come off a record-breaking victory at Hanshin Racecourse less than a month ago. While less spectacular on paper compared to the aforementioned members, the son of Regal Ransom (USA, by Distorted Humor) demonstrated a fine turn of speed which won him his first grade-race victory in the Naruo Kinen (G3, 2,000m) while timed in 1:57.2 over 2,000 meters and appears to be in great condition. He has turned in runner-up efforts twice over testing ground last fall in the October Stakes (Listed, 2,000m) and the Andromeda Stakes (Listed, 2,000m), but is said to perform better on firm going so his chances may depend on the track condition on the day of the race. His is rated at 109I.

Staphanos (JPN, H7, by Deep Impact), while yet to claim a G1 title, has proved competitive in a number of major events. While his only grade-race title came a while ago in 2014 in the Fuji Stakes (G3, 1,600m), the son of Deep Impact has registered runner-up efforts in three G1 starts – Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Tenno Sho (Autumn) in 2015 as well as the Osaka Hai last year. He comes off an unfortunate 11th-place finish following a disadvantage at the homestretch in the Niigata Daishoten (G3, 2,000m). His trainer, Hideaki Fujiwara, is currently JRA’s leading trainer (as of June 10), eight wins ahead of his nearest rival, with 36 wins and has another starter in the All-Star race. Perform a Promise (JPN, H6, by Stay Gold) is an improving six-year-old who won his first grade-race challenge in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai (G2, 2,400m) in January followed by a close third in the Meguro Kinen (G2, 2,500m). Staphanos is rated 118I and Perform a Promise 107L.

Mozu Ascot Lands First Graded Title with Surprise 04 Jun 10:09 am

Mozu Ascot claimed his first graded win in this year’s Yasuda Kinen after being sent off ninth favorite in a field of 16 tying the race record of 1:31.3 set in 2012. The Frankel colt debuted last year in June and marked two fourths in a 1,800m and 2,000m race, went on to notch four wins in succession in races between 1,400m and 1,600m and then capped off his debut campaign with a fourth in his first graded test, the Hanshin Cup (G2, 1,400m) in December. This year, he kicked off his second season with three consecutive runner-up efforts, the Hankyu Hai (G3, 1,400m) in February, the Milers Cup (G2, 1,600m) in April and his previous start, the Azuchijo Stakes (1,400m) just a week prior to his first G1 challenge. This was trainer Yoshito Yahagi’s first Yasuda Kinen victory and fourth JRA-G1 title, his latest was with 2012 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner Deep Brillante. Jockey Christophe Lemaire landed his 17th G1 title after claiming the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) with Almond Eye two weeks earlier.

As the field broke at the top of the backstretch, Win Gagnant gunned for the lead from the farthest stall with Reine Minoru stalking the pace. Mozu Ascot made steady progress in mid-pack but was checked briefly before the far turn before settling on the rails up to the top of the straight. Steadily chasing half of the field up the stretch hill and on the heels of Suave Richard, the four-year-old made most of the opening found just as the race favorite shifted outside with a furlong to go and charged strongly to the line catching the favorite and then Aerolithe in the final strides for a neck win.

Aerolithe, G1 victor at the mile distance, broke well and raced a few lengths behind the leader in third up to early stretch. While picking off the tiring pace setter at the furlong pole, the four-year-old filly stretched well holding off the fast-closing favorite but surrendered the lead in the last strides to Mozu Ascot for second.

Race favorite Suave Richard took a ground saving trip in fourth to fifth and was in good striking position with a clear path in front of him at the top of the stretch. With 300 meters to go, the G1 winner found another gear and drove well almost tagging Aerolithe in the last 50 meters then overtaken by the hard-closing winner in the final strides to finish third.

Western Express broke smoothly and positioned handily around fifth to sixth behind a brisk pace, turned smoothly into the straight with every chance to rally in the early stretch but was unable to sustain his bid and fell back to tenth while crossing the wire a second behind the record-tying winner.

“He went really well and couldn’t be happier with him—he just lacked the strong finish at the mile. He jumped well, the pace wasn’t overly strong early, then it got quicker from the 1,000 or 800 (meters) and he was tired at the end—but he didn’t drop out, he kept trying and he’s only been beaten by five lengths or so. He’s probably gone as good if not better than he ever has,” commented Samuel Clipperton.

“We thought that he ran as good as he could but the (other) horses in the race, they were just too strong for him. He stood in the gate quietly, jumped well on the terms of the other horses, he had a nice run in the first section of the race, he was fifth one off the fence, so you couldn’t ask for better than that, committed to make a run and he just wasn’t strong enough to get up the hill and up to the line,” commented John Size.

Other Horses:
4th: (2) Satono Ares―broke poorly, 3rd from rear, tied fastest over last 3 furlongs, belatedly
5th: (15) Sungrazer―traveled wide in mid-pack, responded well, tied 3rd fastest over last 3 furlongs
6th: (5) Persian Knight―ran in front of eventual winner, struggled to find clear path, quickened in last 200m
7th: (16) Win Gagnant―set pace, led until 200m marker, overtaken in last 100m
8th: (14) Lys Gracieux―raced wide outside eventual winner, lacked needed kick
9th: (9) Red Falx―sat 2nd from rear, turned wide, passed tired rivals
11th: (8) Campbell Junior―forwardly positioned in 4th, weakened in last 200m
12th: (6) Reine Minoru―chased leader in 2nd, sustained bid until 200m pole
13th: (12) He's in Love―settled towards rear, even paced
14th: (3) Dashing Blaze―hugged rails inside eventual winner, showed little at stretch
15th: (11) Real Steel―traveled wide in mid-division, never fired at stretch
16th: (13) Black Moon―was off slow, trailed in rear, no factor

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Yasuda Kinen (G1) - Preview29 May 3:02 pm

The final top-level race at Tokyo Racecourse until the fall season will be run on Sunday, June 3. It’s the Yasuda Kinen, the third big mile to be held over the span of a month, but the only one open to all ages 3 and up, males, females and geldings. The Yasuda Kinen is one of the most important mile Grade 1 events for determining the top miler of the year along with the Mile Championship in the fall at Kyoto.

This year’s lineup of 18 will most likely boast seven Grade 1 winners, including 2017 NHK Mile Cup victor Aerolithe and 2017 Mile Championship winner Persian Knight. The lineup sees a return of some participants from last year, such as 2017 third-place finisher Red Falx and fourth-place finisher Greater London, but also brings many new faces, such as Osaka Hai victor Suave Richard, Sungrazer and Real Steel, all expected to be popular picks for the 68th running of the race.

The Yasuda Kinen has long been a favorite target for overseas-based horses, particularly from Hong Kong, and the race has been won by a foreign raider four times before, the last being in 2006 by Bullish Luck. This year sees only one participant from abroad – Hong Kong’s Western Express.

Japanese races considered important lead-up races into the Yasuda Kinen include the Grade 2 Keio Hai Spring Cup, Grade 3 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy, Grade 2 Yomiuri Milers Cup, and Grade 3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai. All the winners of those – Moonquake, He’s in Love, Sungrazer and Lys Gracieux, respectively – are expected to start on Sunday.

The Tokyo turf 1,600 starts at the top of the backstretch and continues 542 meters until the first turn, which gives even those who have drawn wide considerable maneuvering time. The Tokyo stretch, with its 525 meters (225 meters of them uphill), makes for a formidable challenge. Coming at the end of a long meet, tactical decisions, such as whether to save ground or aim for the good, carry all the more weight and upsets are common.

Over the last 10 years, the favorite has won only four times and finished second once. The top three picks on race day have finished in the top three spots 12 times in the past 10 runnings and though a double-digit pick has not won in the past 10 years, seven such longshots have finished in the money in half of the past 10 runnings.

The race record of 1 minute, 31.3 seconds was set by Strong Return in 2012. Here is a look at some of this year’s Yasuda Kinen popular runners:

Suave Richard: Suave Richard aced the Osaka Hai in April and brought home his first Grade 1 victory on his fourth try. His performances at Tokyo have brought him two wins and two seconds, including a close second in the Japanese Derby last year. The biggest unknown facing the 4-year-old son of Heart’s Cry this time out is the “distance.” The colt has raced predominately at distances of 2,000m and up, with only two starts at 1,800m. This will be his first run over a mile. Still, he has raced successfully from a variety of positions and Tokyo should give him his best chance over the mile. Trainer Yasushi Shono says, “He’s not the fastest out of the gate, so we’ve been schooling him so he won’t get left behind. He covered the first 1,000 meters in 56 some seconds and I think his time shows he can handle it.” The past 10 runnings of the Yasuda have seen only horses accustomed to the distance finish in the top three spots and since 1984 only one other horse – Yamanin Zephyr in 1992 – has won the Yasuda Kinen on a first attempt over a mile.

Persian Knight: After losing the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) by a neck last year, this Harbinger-sired colt managed to nab his first Grade 1 with the Mile Championship. On April 1, excellent timing under Yuichi Fukunaga helped him run a close second in the 2,000-meter Grade 1 Osaka Hai. Persian Knight’s three runs at Tokyo thus far (2-7-5), two over the mile, indicate neither the course nor the distance pose problems. Yuga Kawada, on the winner last year and in 2015, is set for the ride on Sunday.

Sungrazer: A highly consistent runner, this 4-year-old son of Deep Impact has finished out of the money only once in his 13-race career, which has consisted mostly of races in the 1,400-1,600 meter range since his 3-year-old year. Six wins, including two Grade 2s, one second, four thirds and a win last out in the Grade 2 Milers Cup on April 22 are likely going to make Sungrazer one of the top choices for the Yasuda Kinen. He has yet to win a top-level event, but he has come close with a third in the Mile Championship last November at Kyoto and that was coming off a 4-month layoff in a race that was won in record time. It will be his first time at Tokyo, and only his second time racing to the left since his career debut at Chukyo in July 2016. That’s a big question mark, but his excellent late speed and the long Tokyo stretch should work in his favor, as should having last week’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner Yuichi Fukunaga in the saddle. Fukunaga won the Yasuda in 2012 and has piloted Sungrazer in five of his last six races, from which he reaped three wins and two thirds.

Red Falx: By Swept Overboard, the gray Red Falx finished third in the Yasuda last year, only 0.1 seconds off the winner. He then went on to win the Grade 1 Sprinters Stakes next out 4 months later. Though he ran eighth in the Mile Championship and the same in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, a return to Tokyo should suit this veteran, who prefers to race from far off the pace. At 7 years old, Red Falx is still going strong, has finished in the money in nine of his last 13 starts (including five wins) and is not one to be overlooked.

Real Steel: One of three runners nominated by trainer Yoshito Yahagi, Real Steel returns from his second run in the 1,800-meter Dubai Turf. He failed to notch a back-to-back win but did tie for third. Not bad for his first race in five months. Last year, with the same rotation, he finished 11th in the Yasuda but he’s said to be looking quite good in morning work and expectations are up. The Deep Impact 6-year-old has two graded-stakes wins at Tokyo, albeit over a furlong more, and this will only be his second time over the mile.

Lys Gracieux: Lys Gracieux is one of three females in the lineup this year, all of them 4-year-olds. This daughter of Heart’s Cry missed the Victoria Mile on May 13 by a nose under Yutaka Take and is back for another try just three weeks later. Lys Gracieux beat Satono Ares in the Tokyo Shimbun Hai in February and is well suited to the Tokyo mile. She has run second in four Grade 1 all-female events thus far and if there’s anyone that deserves a win, it’s her, but it has been eight years since a female (Vodka) won the Yasuda Kinen and key will be whether Lys Gracieux can weather the tough rotation. Yutaka Take, who is slated for the ride, has won the Yasuda Kinen three times – in 1990 aboard Oguri Cap, in 1995 with Heart Lake, and on Vodka in 2009.

Satono Ares: Trainer Kazuo Fujisawa is fielding four horses (his most yet) in the Yasuda Kinen – Tower of London, Star of Persia, Moonquake and the Deep Impact colt Satono Ares, considered to have the best shot at the money. Winner of the Asahi Futurity Stakes in 2016, Satono Ares ran 11th in the Satsuki Sho and has not posted a win since last July. But he has proven consistent in his last three starts, which include a second in the Grade 3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai over the Tokyo mile and last out, a close third in the Keio Hai Spring Cup over 7 furlongs at Tokyo. Masatoshi Ebina, who won in 1999 with Air Jihad, is up.

Among other horses worth mentioning is Hong Kong’s Western Express. He’s on his first jaunt abroad and looking to become the fourth foreign raider to take part of the \238.6-million purse out of Japan (the winner gets \110 million). Western Express has yet to capture a top-level competition, but finished second in both the Hong Kong Mile and the Champions Mile. He is fielded by John Size, who has had 10 runners in the Yasuda to date. Hugh Bowman, who is in Japan on a short-term license and was expected to get the ride for Western Express, was suspended in last week’s Japanese Derby for nine days and will not be able to ride on Sunday. Sam Clipperton, a 24-year-old up-and-coming Australian rider based in Hong Kong, is expected to replace Bowman.

Improvement is expected for Aerolithe, who ran fourth in the May 13 Victoria Mile, her first mile since winning the NHK Mile Cup last year and her first race in three months. Moonquake deserves mention as well, a 5-year-old Admire Moon gelding that aced his first Grade 2 bid last out with a fleet final 3-furlong time of 33.2 seconds. He has two wins and two seconds over the mile at Tokyo.

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Wagnerian Rules as Top Three-Year-Old in 85th Toky28 May 11:45 am

Fifth favorite Wagnerian demonstrated a strong stretch drive to dominate this year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby). As a two-year-old, Wagnerian registered three wins out of the same starts including his Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m) win at the end of his debut season. After a runner-up effort in his first three-year-old campaign start, the Yayoi Sho (G2, 2,000m), he was sent off odds-on favorite in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) where the somewhat soft track did not suit him, hindering his good turn of foot to finish seventh. His owner Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. broke a new record by becoming the owner of four Derby winners—King Kamehameha (2004), Deep Impact (2005) and Makahiki (2016). Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi has now won JRA-G1 races no fewer than nine times and this is his second Tokyo Yushun title—he celebrated his first with Makahiki in 2016. Since his Shuka Sho victory with Vivlos in 2016, this is jockey Yuichi Fukunaga’s 21st JRA-G1 win and much-awaited first Tokyo Yushun title in his 19th attempt.

Breaking from a wide stall, Wagnerian was hustled up early to race in sixth to seventh and three-wide while cruising down the backstretch a few lengths behind race favorite Danon Premium and outside of second pick Blast Onepiece. The bay colt kicked into gear rounding the last turn, was third at the foot of the hill and with great force, gained on the dueling two in the last furlong first catching Cosmic Force 100 meters out and then Epoca d’Oro another 50 meters later to win by half a length.

“The staff did a terrific job in preparing the colt and he just gave his best. I just drove him feverishly to the line. I’ve won G1 races in Tokyo before, but to win the Derby is totally a different story. I was beginning to have doubts after having so many chances, but thanks to the support of my family and so many others, I’m thrilled to have won at last,” commented Yuichi Fukunaga after the race.

Fourth favorite Epoca d’Oro was rushed to the front to take the lead by the initial turn and set the pace almost all the way. With a fleeting glimpse of double-crown glory, the Satsuki Sho winner dug in gamely to the line while withstanding the hard-charging Cosmic Force but was unable to do the same with the winner and finished second.

Longshot Cosmic Force was positioned in fourth outside the favorite, made headway before the last corner and entered the stretch a half-length from Epoca d’Oro in second. The King Kamehameha colt dueled for the lead but tired 100 meters out and was a neck late from the runner-up in third.
First choice Danon Premium, who was unable to start in the Satsuki Sho due to a right foreleg injury, traveled in third to fourth hugging the rails, chased the leaders in the stretch staying in close contention but was tagged before the wire to finish sixth.

Other Horses:
4th: (14) Etario―traveled near rear, showed 2nd fastest late drive between horses
5th: (8) Blast Onepiece―ran inside eventual winner, met traffic at early stretch, switched to outside, accelerated
7th: (6) Go for the Summit―sat in mid-group, ran gamely until 200m pole, weakened thereafter
8th: (15) Stelvio―settled towards rear, turned wide, quickened until 100m marker
9th: (4) Admire Alba―trailed in rear, fastest over last 3 furlongs, was too late
10th: (10) Stay Foolish―traveled wide in mid-division, passed tired rivals at stretch
11th: (2) Time Flyer―took economic trip in mid-pack, switched to outside at early stretch, showed little
12th: (5) Kitano Commandeur―hugged rails near rear, turned wide to lane, failed to respond
13th: (18) Sans Rival―positioned wide in mid-group, checked twice at stretch, unable to reach contention
14th: (13) Grail―ran wide towards rear, even paced at stretch
15th: (9) Oken Moon―traveled back in mid-division, lacked needed kick at stretch
16th: (16) Generale Uno―chased leader in 2nd, checked 400m out, lost momentum
17th: (11) Gendarme―saved ground towards rear, never fired at stretch
18th: (3) T O Energy―raced inside eventual winner, faded at stretch

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Yasuda Kinen (G1) - Handicapper's Report on Japane25 May 5:06 pm

The 2018 Yasuda Kinen will be joined by Western Express (AUS, G6, by Encosta De Lago; 117M) from Hong Kong. Western Express is one of the top milers in Hong Kong and second only to Beauty Generation (NZ, by Road To Rock) who completed a sweep of Hong Kong’s two leading mile races this season and predicted to be a strong candidate for the season’s Horse of the Year title. Runner-up in the both the Hong Kong Mile (G1, 1,600m) last December and his latest start in the Champions Mile (G1, 1,600m) in April, the Encosta De Lago (AUS, by Fairy King) gelding aims to become the first foreign contender since Bullish Luck in 2006 to claim the Yasuda Kinen title.

Meanwhile, neither the 2017 Yasuda Kinen champion, Satono Aladdin (JPN, by Deep Impact) nor proven miler Isla Bonita (JPN, by Fuji Kiseki), both retired to stud as of the end of last year, will be included among the Japanese field to face the challenge from Hong Kong. Air Spinel (JPN, H5, by King Kamehameha), a close runner-up in the Mile Championship (G1, 1,600m) last November, is also unavailable after being given a rest after just one start this spring but the 2018 Yasuada Kinen, with many other proven milers as well as some promising young runners and those seeking challenges from other categories in distance, is anticipated to be another exciting battle between the proven and the emerging new power. Here are some of the key runners that will be making their bid for this year’s title.

2017 Mile Championship victor Persian Knight (JPN, C4, by Harbinger) made great progress after his first grade-race win in the Arlington Cup (G3, 1,600m) early last year and was regarded as a promising three-year-old with a runner-up effort in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) followed by a close seventh in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m). Focusing on mile distances in the fall, he faced top older milers in the Mile Championship in which the Harbinger (GB, by Dansili) colt won impressively from behind to pin down the leader just before the wire for his first G1 victory. Stepping up in distance (1,800-2,000m) in his first two starts this spring, he did not fail to demonstrate his charge from behind in the Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m) but was short by 3/4-lengths in second. He has a good chance to claim another big title over a mile, his best distance, in the Yasuda Kinen. He is rated 119I as of his runner-up effort in his previous start, the Osaka Hai.

Sungrazer (JPN, C3, by Deep Impact) came off a four-race winning streak since May last year which included his first grade-race victory in the Swan Stakes (G2, 1,400m), his fourth win, for the Mile Championship in which he finished half length behind the winner in third. He kicked off this season following a four-month break with another impressive performance in his latest start, the Milers Cup (G2, 1,600m), while renewing the race record. He is rated 116M as of his third-place finish in the Mile Championship and his victory in the Milers Cup.

Red Falx (JPN, H7, by Swept Overboard), a champion sprinter with back-to-back Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1,200m) titles in 2016 and 2017, barely manages when stepping up to a mile but his unfailing late charge proved effective over the homestretch at Tokyo Racecourse and carried the son of Swept Overboard (USA, by End Sweep) to third place in the Yasuda Kinen last year. He is winless in two starts this season while rated 116S,M as of his third-place finish in the Yasuda Kinen and his victory in the Sprinters Stakes.

Lys Gracieux (JPN, F4, by Heart’s Cry) has been recognized as a top class filly ever since her debut while yet to claim a G1 title although turning in runner-up efforts in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1, 1,600m) as a two-year-old and second again in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) and the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m) during her three-year-old campaign. Kicking off her four-year-old season with a win against boys in the Tokyo Shimbun Hai (G3, 1,600m), then a close third in the Hanshin Himba Stakes (G2, 1,600m), she came with a good late charge from behind in the Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m) but missed again, this time by a mere nose, for second. Her racing style could benefit from a faster early pace seen more often in a mixed-field race. She is rated 111M,I as of her runner-up effort in the Shuka Sho, her victory in the Tokyo Shimbun Hai and another second in her latest start in the Victoria Mile.

Other proven grade-race winners include Moonquake (JPN, G5, by Admire Moon) who comes off his victory in the Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2, 1,400m) and rated 112M. Satono Ares (JPN, C4, by Deep Impact), winner of the 2016 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m), is rated 113M. Real Steel (JPN, H6, by Deep Impact), who won the Dubai Turf (G1, 1,800m) in 2016 and third this year, has proved useful over the turf course at Tokyo Racecourse when winning the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) last year and rated 117M. Aerolithe (JPN, F4, by Kurofune) is also a three-year-old champion miler last year in the 2017 NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) and rated 112M.

The eye-catcher of this year’s field, however, is Suave Richard (JPN, C4, by Heart’s Cry) who has been raced at 1,800 meters or beyond ever since his debut as a two-year-old, claimed his first grade-race title in the Kyodo News Service Hai (G3, 1,800m) as a three-year-old prior to his runner-up effort in the Tokyo Yushun and landed another victory in the Copa Republica Argentina (G2, 2,500m) against his seniors followed by a fourth in the all-star Arima Kinen (Grand Prix, G1, 2,500m) in December. Focusing on middle-distance races from the beginning of this year, he came off his third career grade-race victory in the Kinko Sho (G2, 2,000m) and captured his first G1 title in the following Osaka Hai, brushing aside worries of handling right-handed tracks. While it will be his first step down to a mile, he is especially reliable over the course at Tokyo and is considered as the biggest threat among this year’s field. He is rated 121I as of his previous victory in the Osaka Hai which is the highest among racehorses trained in Japan as of May 23.

Another intriguing starter is Tower of London (JPN, C3, by Raven’s Pass). Winner of the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes (G2, 1,400m) and third in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes as a two-year-old, the Raven’s Pass (USA, by Elusive Quality) colt kicked off his three-year-old season with his second grade-race win in the Arlington Cup (G3, 1,600m) and headed for the NHK Mile Cup but his unfortunate 12th-place finish in the race after stumbling at the gate and bumped by a rival from the outside at the stretch can be disregarded. The Yasuda Kinen has not had a three-year-old starter in the past three years but Tower of London has good potentials to compete against his seniors in the coming race and to become the next three-year-old winner after Real Impact (JPN, by Deep Impact) in 2011. He is rated 110M as of his victory in the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, his third-place finish in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes and his latest victory in the Arlington Cup.

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Pro Tipster MAX - provides racing tips in the competitive horseracing world, with completely transparent wins/losses -

Pro Tipster MAX is a service that allows you to buy the racing tips of elite Umanity professional tipsters--starting at just 100 yen/race. The racing tips of Umanity-approved professional tipsters aren't just symbols that indicate the outcome, but a proper racing tip that indicates the betting combination and how to allocate funds--racing tips whose wins/losses are completely transparent in this head-to-head world. That's a clear distinction from the racing tips of other sites, which do not publish their wins/losses.

Simply registering as a member (free) allows you to buy the racing tips of professional tipsters.

Last week Results

  • Highest Payout
  • Return Rate
  •  
Rank Tipster Race Payoff
(JPY)
Payout
(JPY)
Tip
1 South South
17 Jun Tokyo1R
3yoMaiden
312,820 1,251,280
2 Ace No.2 Ace No.2
17 Jun Hakodate11R
HAKODATE SPRINT S G3
11,690 339,220
81,900
3 Joie Joie
16 Jun Tokyo4R
Hurdle3yo&UpMaiden
7,050 304,190
297,140
4 Prince Trifecta Prince Trifecta
16 Jun Hanshin11R
TEMPOZAN STAKES OP
223,470 223,470
5 Ikkun Ikkun
17 Jun Hanshin8R
3yo&UpAllowance
21,060 210,600

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Rank Tipster No.of
Races
Return
Rate
Hit
Rate
Winnings
(JPY)
Payoff
Ave.
1 South South
72R 238% 26% 996,350 90,207
2 Royce Royce
34R 191% 38% 55,350 8,926
3 E.Yamazaki E.Yamazaki
11R 133% 63% 36,230 20,818
4 N.Okamura N.Okamura
72R 130% 30% 132,000 25,636
5 Okabe Okabe
10R 126% 30% 2,600 4,200
6 Prince Trifecta Prince Trifecta
65R 120% 26% 81,040 27,567
7 Ace No.2 Ace No.2
49R 115% 14% 75,180 80,411
8 K.Kawachi K.Kawachi
72R 114% 37% 57,790 17,184
9 Saramappo Saramappo
11R 110% 36% 9,400 25,100
10 mayuka mayuka
64R 107% 34% 7,650 4,929
11 kiri kiri
72R 102% 16% 7,430 27,535
12 Mutsuki Mutsuki
61R 102% 22% 13,180 44,512

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Tip Coliseum --Japan's Biggest Racing Tips Arena! Are you Going to Compete? Or just Watch?

Over the course of a year, some 5 million racing tips are registered in the Tip Coliseum, Japan's largest and highest-level racing tip event. Different people use it in different ways--from participating in the tournament and competing for rankings, to watching the tips of top rankers.

Just registering as a member (free) allows you to use the functions of the Tip Coliseum for free.

 Tournament Info:Tournament 143 is currently being held!(16 Jun - 8 Jul)

Tournament 143 Latest result

Rank Tipster Level
Class
Deviation Return
Rate
Winnings
(JPY)
1
a52509ef01 a52509ef01
Lv.91
89.3 1932%
2%
12,668,480
2
7fdb463c14 7fdb463c14
Lv.91
83.7 595%
12%
648,700
3
E-TOMO E-TOMO
Lv.62
83.4 694%
8%
2,869,500
4
riho riho
Lv.1
81.4 467%
20%
330,150
5
4e687ef5bd 4e687ef5bd
Lv.88
81.2 570%
10%
1,836,840

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To Beginners
--Smart Ways to Use Umanity--from Racing Tips to Horse Racing Romance--

Umanity offers all kinds of services to meet the different needs of racing fans, but on the other hand, some people feel "there are so many services, I don't know where to begin." For that reason, we introduce ways to use Umanity according to the type of user. We know you'll find a way that fits you perfectly♪

Data Cruncher

You are the type who assembles information useful for making tips, especially on high-stakes races, such as GI races, and refer to them as you make your own racing tips.
Suitable service

Graded race Page
U index

Recommend using!

[High Stakes Strategies] is packed with useful information for making racing tips, such as the latest information, like pre-race training times on the horses scheduled to run in high stakes races, the expected odds in the racing card, the columns of professional tipster, results from the past 10 years, etc. Then there is Umanity's proprietary racehorse performance index, the U-index, which many people pay to use for its accuracy; members can use it free, but just for high-stakes races, so using it in conjunction with the High Stakes Strategies makes for a perfect combo.

Racing Tip
Addict

Likes racing tips better than 3 squares a day! You're the type who makes tips on lots of races per day, not just the main ones!
Suitable service

Tip Coliseum
Race Info

Recommend using!

First off, try registering your tips in the [Tip Coliseum]. Of course there's the fun of competing for rankings and the racing tips bragging rights for all of Japan--but with our auto-tallying tools you can keep track of your results and bump up your racing prediction prowess through objective self-analysis. What's more, Umanity's [Racing Card (for VIP Club members)] is full of tools for increasing the accuracy of your tips, such as our proprietary speed index, the U-index, as well as “Stable Comments” and “Training Evaluation” and so on provided by Horseracing 8.

Horseracing
Investor

You see the horses as a vehicle for investing and you don't hold the your purse strings tight when it comes to high-quality information--you're looking for a high return!
Suitable service

Pro tipster "MAX"
Sugouma Robot

Recommend using!

With Pro Tipster MAX over 20 well-known professional tipsters provide their racing tips for a fee (from 100 yen/race). And their tips aren't just symbols that indicate the outcome, but proper racing tips that indicate the betting combination and how to allocate funds--racing tips whose wins/losses are completely transparent in this head-to-head world--a totally different critter from other horseracing tip sites, which only post their wins, but not the balance of wins/losses. The racing tips software [Sugouma Robot] is equipped with expected value theory for automatically buying only betting tickets with high expected yields.

Horseracing
Socialite

You love the fun of horseracing with all your friends! You're the type who wants friends to go to the track with!
Suitable service

Horseracing Diary
offline get-togethers

Recommend using!

It's surprising how many people have nothing to say about horseracing on SNS, such as on Facebook. Umanity is a community just for horseracing fans, so don't hold back in talking about horseracing, such as in your Horseracing Diary. What's more, Umanity rents guest rooms at the Tokyo Race Course and holds horseracing offline get-togethers in both Spring and Fall. As these get-togethers are of like-minded horseracing fans, you're sure to make friends. Come along and have fun.

Horseracing
Novice

You're the type who wants to get into horseracing but you don't know where to start!
Suitable service

Graded race Page
Tip Coliseum

Recommend using!

First of all, you should try focusing on high-stakes races because you can get lots of information. [High Stakes Strategies] is packed with useful information for making racing tips, such as the latest information on the horses scheduled to run, the racing card, columns and results from the past 10 years. Next, try registering your tips in the [Tip Coliseum]. Simply registering a tip on a race will double the fun of watching them run. And up to this point it won't even cost you a single penny. You have nothing to lose as it's all free and you can take part in horseracing without betting any money.

Horseracing
Romantic

More than for picking races or investing, you like horseracing because the horses are so beautiful! You're the type who wants to start as a partial owner!
Suitable service

Umanity POG

Recommend using!

[POG] stands for Paper Owner Game. Even though it's a virtual game, the horses are all real--several thousand JRA registered thoroughbreds. You select from among them and if your bid wins the auction, it's registered as your POG horse. You can keep up to 20 POG horses in your stable and the game is in competing for prize money with those horses. Apart from the game, pictures of about 400 race horses have been posted, and appreciating their beautiful bodies is one more pleasure.

FAQ

Q1:
Does it cost anything to use Umanity?
A1:

No, registering with and using Umanity is free. Once you become a member (free), you can participate in the Tip Coliseum, and use functions that are helpful in making tips, such as the U-index (Umanity's proprietary speed index) on high-stakes races, U-Favorites (tip odds ), which show what's popular among Umanity users, register horses to watch, betting ticket purchasing tools, etc.--not to mention enjoying horseracing community functions, such as diaries, messaging and circles--all the basics for free.

Q2:
What do I have to do to register as a member?
A2:

Registering is simple--all it takes is an email address.
Once you register your email address, follow the instructions and you'll be registered as a member in 1 to 2 minutes flat! You can also register as a member via an account, such as your Yahoo! JAPAN ID.

Q3:
Do I have to register to use the site?
A3:

No, some functions (such as news) can be used without registering.
However, most of the functions require becoming a member (free) and then you can use them for free, so we recommend becoming a member.
[Free Functions Available to Umanity Members]
-Participate in the Tip Coliseum (registering tips, rankings and auto tallying of results)
-U-index of high-stakes races (Umanity's proprietary racehorse performance index with some 10,000 regular users)
-U-Favorites (tip odds), which show what's popular among Umanity users
-Plus, functions useful for making tips, such as registering horses to watch and betting ticket purchase support
-Community functions like diaries, messaging and circles

Q4:
Can I see racing tips for free?
A4:

There are both free tips and those you pay for.
You have to pay for the racing tips of professional tipsters.
Doing so requires the Umanity virtual currency, Gold (G).
Gold can be purchased with credit card.
Although you can view the racing tips of non-professional tipsters for "free," in some cases you need to use Umanity points, which you can get for free by being active on the site, such as by logging in, posting tips in the Tip Coliseum, etc.

Q5:
What is the U-index?
A5:

It is an index developed exclusively by Umanity to indicate the performance of a racehorse.
The value is based on the time over the distance of each horse to date, and estimates whether and how well they will perform in this race; as such, the higher the index, the better the race performance is expected to be.
The U-index is provided to Umanity members free for high-stakes races. To use it on all races, you have to become a member of the Umanity VIP Club, which is a paid service.

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